Mirrored from http://ifarchive.plover.net/if-archive/solutions/varic.txt on 27th Mar '08 by Terry.
This is a solution to Adam Cadre's masterpiece, Varicella. A step-by-step walkthrough is provided at the end, but using it except as a last resort will spoil your fun. Now, to become regent you'll need to eliminate five rivals: War Minister Klaus Wehrkeit, Christ Minister Pierre Bonfleche, Interior Minister Variola Modo, Coffers Minister Argento Rico, and Prince Louis. Don't worry about Ambassador to China Marco Pulisci (you can call China and find out he's already dead). WEHRKEIT Wehrkeit is fighting the Venetians but soon learns of the king's death and retreats to Piedmont. If you do nothing, he will arrive around 3 o'clock and kill you. When you ask Miss Sierra about Venice, she will give you a piece of information that the Venetians might be interested in and which may threaten Wehrkeit's position. You need to contact Venice via the telephone in the throne room. For some money, Miss Sierra will also give you the necessary telephone codes. But you have to ask her in time, because at some point Rico will bribe Sierra to give you a false access code which triggers a booby trap. Wehrkeit will still arrive and may still kill you if you run into him and don't react quickly. But he's badly injured, and you can either kill him or just keep away from him and wait till you get the news of his death. BONFLECHE Bonfleche is tutoring Prince Charles until he gets the news of the king's death. Soon afterward he leaves for Avignon and organizes an invasion of Piedmont by Avignese forces. He must be killed while he's still in the palace. If you use the spying equipment in your quarters to monitor Bonfleche's quarters, you can witness some extremely unseemly conduct on his part at 2 o'clock. Record it with your master key and show it to Miss Sierra. She'll take care of him. MODO Modo is doing experiments with green slime in an underground lab. To get to him, you need the vials from his quarters. You don't want to go in there, but with a hostile tone you can order the guard in. Then tell him to get the vials. You also the need the gas mask from the royal quarters. Now go to the fountain in the courtyard. Put the yellow liquid and then the pink liquid in the funnel. Push the loose tile, use the gas mask, and go down. You'll find Modo there. Kill him before he kills you. Don't forget to pull the cord to prevent the spread of the green haze. RICO Rico is in his quarters most of the time. If you talk to Princess Charlotte in the palace asylum, she will tell you about the unseemly things he's done to her. Unfasten her straitjacket and she will follow you. Go to Rico and give her the dagger from your quarters. (She would dispatch of Louis and Bonfleche in the same way, but once she has killed one, she will be taken away. Since you have other ways to eliminate Louis and Bonfleche, it's advisable to have her kill Rico.) LOUIS Louis sits in the courtyard all the time. There are two balconies above the courtyard. Prince Charles is playing with a heavy toy car in the royal quarters. But before you can do the obvious, you have to get the car from the prince. You have to give him something else so that he lets you take the car. Among Rico's junk is a nice toy robot. Get it while Rico is out of his room. The timing is most critical in this game. You have to do everything before the showdown with Wehrkeit, so don't lose time wandering around aimlessly. Step-by-step walkthrough: e. n. nw. u. u. nw. open bottom drawer. open secret compartment. get bills and dagger. se. d. se. e. e. ne. u. ne. give bill to sierra. again. again. ask sierra about venice. ask sierra about access code. ask sierra about venice code (remember the codes). sw. d. sw. w. get receiver (enter the codes you just got). again. w. s. s. e. hostile. guard, s. guard, get vial. w. n. n. nw. u. nw. move painting. open panel. set slider to 9. get black cable. plug it in jack. set dial to 17. wait (until Bonfleche loosens his vestments). press record. unplug black cable. drop it. se. d. se. e. e. ne. u. ne. show key to sierra. sw. d. sw. s. bribe guard. e. get robot. w. n. w. n. give robot to charles. get car and transmitter. get mask. s. w. s. drop car. push joystick e. again. n. nw. d. se. s. e. put yellow in funnel. put pink in funnel. push tile. wear mask. turn on canister. d. n. n. kick modo. s. pull cord. s. u. e. s. se. u. u. se. untie jacket. nw. nw. n. e. give dagger to charlotte. wait (until you get the news of Wehrkeit's death).